Does the following series converge? $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n\sqrt[n]{n}}$$

As $$\frac{1}{n\sqrt[n]{n}}=\frac{1}{n^{1+\frac{1}{n}}},$$ I was thinking that you may consider this as a p-series with $p>1$. But I'm not sure if this is correct, as with p-series, p is a fixed number, right ? On the other hand, $1+\frac{1}{n}>1$ for all $n$. Any hints ?

  • $\begingroup$ you could use root test or ratio test to get a hint. $\endgroup$ – mez Feb 11 '13 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ did you miss n square root in the base? $\endgroup$ – mez Feb 11 '13 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ If the series is $\sum 1/n\sqrt{n}$ as written, it is a $p$ series with $p=3/2$ so converges. But after "As...I was thinking" it looks like the series is different. Was it supposed to be $\sum 1/(n \cdot n^(1/n))$ for the problem? $\endgroup$ – coffeemath Feb 11 '13 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ sorry to be confusing, fixed it, it's about this series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n\sqrt[n]{n}}$ $\endgroup$ – Kasper Feb 11 '13 at 14:27

Hint: $\sqrt[n]{n}\to1$ when $n\to\infty$ hence, by comparison with the series $\sum\limits_n\frac1n$, this series $______$.

  • $\begingroup$ How do you prove $\sqrt[n]n \to 1$ ? $\endgroup$ – Kasper Feb 11 '13 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ Sub-hint: logarithm. $\endgroup$ – Did Feb 11 '13 at 14:30
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    $\begingroup$ To prove $n^{\frac{1}{n}}\rightarrow 1$, first notice that $n^{\frac{1}{n}}=1+\epsilon$ and then use binomial theorem. $\endgroup$ – user60469 Feb 11 '13 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Did hm... I get $\sqrt[n] n \leq e^{\frac{1}{\sqrt n}}$ for sufficiently large $n$ $\endgroup$ – Kasper Feb 11 '13 at 14:42
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    $\begingroup$ No idea how you got that. Try using $\sqrt[n]{n}=\exp((\log n)/n)$ and the fact that $(\log n)/n$ has a known limit when $n\to\infty$. $\endgroup$ – Did Feb 11 '13 at 14:44

Note that $\sqrt[n]{n}\le 2$. This can be proved by induction, for it is equivalent to $n\le 2^n$.

Thus $$\frac{1}{n\sqrt[n]{n}}\ge \frac{1}{2n}.$$ It follows by Comparison with (half of) the harmonic series that our series diverges.

  • $\begingroup$ Aah, this is a very neat way as well ! $\endgroup$ – Kasper Feb 13 '13 at 15:41

Limit comparison test:


So that both

$$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{n\sqrt[n] n}\,\,\,\text{and}\,\,\,\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{n}$$

converge or both diverge...


AM-GM gives $$ \sqrt[n]{n}\leq\frac{1}{n}(n+\underbrace{1+\cdots+1}_{n-1})=\frac{1}{n}(2n-1)<\frac{1}{n}2n\implies\frac{1}{n\sqrt[n]{n}}>\frac{1}{2}\frac{1}{n} $$ so $$ \sum_{n=1}^M\frac{1}{n\sqrt[n]{n}}>\frac{1}{2}\left(\sum_{n=1}^M\frac{1}{n}\right)\cdot $$


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